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Winthrop School Evacuated After Smoke, Odor Causes Staff Headaches

The school day got off to a late start on Tuesday after a strong odor and smoke caused Winthrop Elementary School to be evacuated.

Medics checked out three staff members after complaining of headaches caused by an odor in the school on Tuesday mourning.

The was called to the school – which is next door to the fire station - at about 8 a.m. and encountered light smoke and a “strong odor” in the building, according to Deputy Chief Kirby Brand.

No students complained of any medical problems, Brand said.

The odor and smoke were traced to an appliance – firefighters right now aren’t saying what type of appliance - and the building was ventilated.

Since the school day hadn’t started yet, buses full of students were diverted to .

“We were lucky because it was right before school started,” Brand said.

None of the staff members who were complaining of headaches were taken to the hospital.

Students were returned to the school at about 10 a.m.

Winthrop Principal Carrie Vaich did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Tuesday morning.

Tracey hutchinson January 24, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Being on scene for the evacuation everything actually went quite smoothly. Children were smoothly transported to Cutler, enjoyed sometime in their same grade classrooms, except for pre-K who was on their own and fifth grade who worked on their own project in the caf, and everyone was safely transported back to Winthrop...unfortunately for Kindergarteners "right in the middle of choice time!":) My only suggestions for future "emergencies" would be for the Superintendent to send out a connect ed message immediately so that walkers and drivers were notified earlier, and to relieve parents' concerns, and that on such a lovely day the Winthrop students were all allowed to walk back to school! GREAT job Winthrop and Cutler Staff and Thanks for hosting Cutler!!
M. M. January 24, 2012 at 09:37 PM
TV Channel 7 News reported (4:30 pm broadcast) that it was a faulty refrigerator.

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